Experts welcome Willis Commission's support for nurse education

The report by the Willis Commission on Nursing Education has reinforced the crucial role universities play in training the healthcare workforce, according to a leading academic. Professor Fiona Ross, dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, run jointly by Kingston University and St George's, University of London, said she welcomed the support Lord Willis had given universities and the important role degrees played in preparing nurses to provide high-quality care.

The findings, released this week, come after Lord Willis of Knaresborough, former Liberal Democrat member of Parliament for Harrogate, was asked by the Royal College of Nursing to come up with a set of recommendations on the future of nursing education. He looked at what was needed to create a workforce of competent, compassionate nurses fit to deliver future health and social care services.

Annual UK drug deaths fall by 14 per cent, while deaths related to outlawed 'legal highs' increase

Deaths related to a group of now-banned ‘legal highs’ rose sharply from five in 2009 to 43 in 2010, reveals a report on the latest UK drug death figures released today (7 November 2012). While deaths involving methcathinones – which were outlawed in 2010 and include mephedrone – rose, those involving heroin fell significantly. And a decrease in cocaine-related deaths observed over several years continued.

Overall, drug-related deaths in the UK fell by almost 14 per cent from 2,182 in 2009 to 1,883 in 2010, reveals today’s National Programme on Substance Abuse Deaths (np-SAD) 2011 report. This compares to a rise of 12 per cent in the year before.

New environmentally sustainable halls of residence welcomes first students at St George’s, University of London

An £8million halls of residence extension providing an extra 154 rooms for students has opened at St George’s, University of London.

Students have now moved into the new block at the Horton Halls development in Tooting. The development brings overall capacity to 486.

Breastfeeding could save the NHS millions, says new report

Low breastfeeding rates in the UK are costing the NHS millions of pounds, according to new research by St George’s, University of London and partners.The report – commissioned by UNICEF UK – takes an in-depth look at how raising breastfeeding rates would save money through reducing illness. Calculations from a handful of illnesses, where the evidence is strongest, show that moderate increases in breastfeeding could see potential annual savings to the NHS of approximately £40million per year.


The Varma Lecture 2012 discusses UN goals for maternal health

Professor Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, head of obstetrics and gynaecology at St George’s, will deliver this year’s Varma Lecture on Thursday 25 October.Event: Varma Lecture 2012 Date: Thursday 25 OctoberTime: 5.30pmCost: Free of chargeLocation: Michael Heron Lecture Theatre at St George’s, University of London, Cranmer Terrace Tooting, London, SW17 0RE. A reception will follow in the the boardrooms on level two of the University, Hunter Wing building.